First person charged under Florida 'red flag' law found guilty

First person charged under Florida 'red flag' law found guilty

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    First person charged under Florida 'red flag' law found guilty

    The first person to have his guns confiscated under Florida’s 2018 “red flag” law has been found guilty over his refusal to voluntarily surrender the weapons.



    https://www.foxnews.com/us/first-per...w-found-guilty



    Smith owned an AR-15 rifle and a .22-caliber rifle which Broward deputies seized after his arrest in March 2018 on charges of firing six shots at a vehicle being driven by his best friend, according to reports.

    Smith is facing trial on an attempted murder charge in connection with that incident. He was accused of firing at his friend with a Glock handgun that deputies also took, according to reports.



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    Sounds like he will be a felon soon. Then it will be illegal for him to be in possession anyway.

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    Dude had it coming sounds like, sounds like. I'm being somewhat judgmental as I do not know the specifics of the case, but it paints a not-good picture of our florida-man.
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    There is another thread going on about this case. It is running here.
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    This article is not correct. We discussed this here last year. This guy was not the first person to be red flagged in FL. From Allen West's "The Old School Patriot" site, which I corroborated by other sources:

    A week after Florida’s legislation was signed, a Broward County judge in Florida issued the state’s first order to temporarily remove firearms from a man who allegedly believed he was being electrocuted by condominium electrical breakers and targeted by the FBI and a shape-shifting neighbor, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Four firearms and 267 rounds of ammunition were removed, and the man was taken to a hospital for involuntary psychiatric treatment.”

    I am not arguing that guy didn't have serious problems, just that the article linked in the OP is factually incorrect. The guy in the article is a different guy and was not the first. The one thing that was over the top about that first case was the guy had already been civilly committed to a mental institution and separated from his guns, so the red flag order accomplished nothing and was done for "political theater" regarding the new law. Also, while that guy was a whack job, he had not threatened anyone or done anything potentially violent towards anyone. So in that case, I see the civil commitment as being appropriate, the red flag order not so much.
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